An independently-verified noise reduction rating scheme for windows and doors has been launched by the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) as consumers look to retreat from a hectic outside world.
BFRC, the UK rating council for verifying the energy performance of windows and doors, is launching the new noise reduction rating scheme in response to homeowners who are increasingly demanding higher levels of quality assurance. Not only must new windows and doors ‘look the part’, according to BFRC, homeowners also expect features including proven noise reduction performance.
Windows can play a vital part in reducing the level of noise entering the home and improving occupants’ wellbeing, particularly for homes close to roads, railways or impacted by air traffic noise.
The independently verified BFRC Noise Reduction Scheme means manufacturers will be able to show their customers how their windows and doors compare to the competition. The labels provide an easy to understand system for homeowners, and in turn show a commitment to customer satisfaction, guaranteeing the quality of a product and ensuring it stands out from competitors.
New labels have been designed for the scheme, using the BFRC’s label system, giving an instantly recognisable comparison against another product’s acoustic performance, and providing installers and homeowners with evidence
that window and door products will deliver as promised. Marketing materials have also been designed and will be made available to customers.
Lis Clarke, BFRC’s operations director, said: “We’re delighted to launch our new Noise Reduction Scheme. There’s been a huge amount of work involved in getting to this stage and it’s very exciting to see how the industry will take advantage of a new product coming to market.
“It’s important that as a market leader we continue to innovate and provide new solutions to our customers that will help them increase sales. Being able to prove the acoustic performance of their windows and doors as well as proving energy performance with BFRC ratings is a huge boost for them and provides a genuine USP as to why their products should be used over those who make unsubstantiated claims.
“We hope that as the industry comes out of lockdown they, like us, see the need to respond to ever changing consumer demands and stand out from the crowd. This is just the latest in a series of exciting new developments we have planned and we can’t wait to see the new scheme being used across the supply chain.”